NL James (Jim) Morrison  - Musings & Journey update 2022

Early Years: I grew up in a wonderful time. 

I am so grateful to my parents, who didn't have a lot of money but my father came to Vancouver from Winnipeg, where I was born along with my younger brother and sister, and was told West Vancouver would be a good place to raise a family.  He was an automotive mechanic, and got a job rebuilding car engines at Begg Motors on Georgia Street. He brought his parents out from Regina, my grandmother and grandfather, and they moved into an apartment on Haro Street just off Denman. My brother and I used to go out into the back lane at the time of day when the milkman would come by with his horse-drawn wagon and bring the milk. He could go about his business - the horse knew exactly where to stop at every building.

People talk to me about crisis in their childhood.  I had none.  There were no weird events, strange neighbours (that I was aware of) or big bad wolves.  Some of my best memories were about Christmas.  I knew my parents didn't have a lot of money, but none of my friend's parents did either.  We got socks and pajamas and a few toys and some candy in our stockings and we absolutely loved Christmas as the best time of the year.  Wonderful dinners with all the family including cousins.  My-gawd it was great!  Sometimes we had snow and would make snowmen and forts for snowball fights.   What a great time to be a kid. 

Notes for "Journey Update"

For years well-meaning friends have told me I should write a book.  (Take that, Mr. Mitchell).  It would be a good project to pursue during the isolation and ??? of the pandemic.

I'm a night-owl.  Always have been. I love to just chill out late at night with some quiet jazz and ponder "things".

I did a morning radio show in the mid-1980s on CJAZ, which became KISS-FM under my watch  :-(  .  Getting up at 5am after going to bed sometimes at 1:30 or so was a struggle, but it was fun being up and working at full speed well before the majority of people in the city were even awake.  As I write this it is 12:30 am, when I get my best ideas.  I wrote the gems, such as they were, for my radio show late the night before.

One of my classic moments ... (Blaine Coulter clip)


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I met Roy Hennessy in September, 1960.  I had completed registration for my courses in Engineering at UBC and wandered down the stairs into the basement at the south end of Brock Hall.  At the bottom of the stairs, through a door on the right, was the "card room", which would soon be filled with ne'er do wells who would miss all their classes playing poker and wind up as stockbrokers.  Straight ahead was the UBC Radio Society, the campus radio station, which would soon be filled with ne'er do wells who would miss all their classes playing radio and wind up as disk jockeys ... or worse.


The Church Bulletins are back!  These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.  
Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.  
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.  
Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.  
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.  
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones...
Please place your donation in the envelope, along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.  
Low-Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.  Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

And this one just about sums them all up:
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge now...... up yours!

My radio friends I worked or knew well with who are no longer here

Laurie Irvine
Dave McCormick
Cal George
Nick Sands
John Barton
Steve Woodman
Roy Bonisteel
Al Jordan
Tom Peacock
Fred Latremouille
Rick Honey
Daryl Burlingham
David Grierson
Chuck Davis
Gene Kern
Brian Brenn
Barrie Clark
Jim Macdonald
Terry Moore
Ted Peck
George Morris
Cam Cathcart
Bill Phillips
Jeff Hamilton
Kim Calloway
Neil MacRae
Ken Lundgren
Ed Murphy
Buzz Leboe